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VEX

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does vex mean? 

VEX (verb)
  The verb VEX has 5 senses:

1. cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations
2. disturb the peace of mind of; afflict with mental agitation or distress
3. change the arrangement or position of
4. subject to prolonged examination, discussion, or deliberation
5. be a mystery or bewildering to

  Familiarity information: VEX used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


VEX (verb)


Sense 1vex [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling

Synonyms:

rile; nark; irritate; gravel; devil; annoy; vex; bother; nettle; rag; get at; get to; chafe

Context examples:

Mosquitoes buzzing in my ear really bothers me / It irritates me that she never closes the door after she leaves

Hypernyms (to "vex" is one way to...):

displease (give displeasure to)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "vex"):

get; get under one's skin (irritate)

eat into; fret; grate; rankle (gnaw into; make resentful or angry)

peeve (cause to be annoyed, irritated, or resentful)

ruffle (trouble or vex)

fret (cause annoyance in)

beset; chevvy; chevy; chivvy; chivy; harass; harry; hassle; molest; plague; provoke (annoy continually or chronically)

antagonise; antagonize (provoke the hostility of)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody

Sentence examples:

The bad news will vex him
The performance is likely to vex Sue


Sense 2vex [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Disturb the peace of mind of; afflict with mental agitation or distress

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling

Synonyms:

vex; worry

Context example:

I cannot sleep--my daughter's health is worrying me

Hypernyms (to "vex" is one way to...):

cark; disorder; disquiet; distract; perturb; trouble; unhinge (disturb in mind or make uneasy or cause to be worried or alarmed)

Cause:

worry (be worried, concerned, anxious, troubled, or uneasy)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "vex"):

nag (worry persistently)

eat; eat on (worry or cause anxiety in a persistent way)

misgive (suggest fear or doubt)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody


Sense 3vex [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Change the arrangement or position of

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

raise up; disturb; commove; stir up; vex; shake up; agitate

Hypernyms (to "vex" is one way to...):

displace; move (cause to move, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "vex"):

beat; scramble (stir vigorously)

toss (agitate)

rile; roil (make turbid by stirring up the sediments of)

poke (stir by poking)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something


Sense 4vex [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Subject to prolonged examination, discussion, or deliberation

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Context example:

vex the subject of the death penalty

Hypernyms (to "vex" is one way to...):

debate; deliberate (discuss the pros and cons of an issue)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 5vex [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be a mystery or bewildering to

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

nonplus; baffle; bewilder; dumbfound; flummox; puzzle; perplex; mystify; stupefy; amaze; gravel; vex; pose; stick; beat; get

Context examples:

This beats me! / Got me--I don't know the answer! / a vexing problem / This question really stuck me

Hypernyms (to "vex" is one way to...):

bedevil; befuddle; confound; confuse; discombobulate; fox; fuddle; throw (be confusing or perplexing to; cause to be unable to think clearly)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "vex"):

mix up; stump (cause to be perplexed or confounded)

riddle (set a difficult problem or riddle)

elude; escape (be incomprehensible to; escape understanding by)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s somebody


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